Of mice and Men
Character: Curley's Wife
Curley's wife is isolated and alone at the ranch. She is flirtatious with the men, and they regard as a tramp. She feels that her life at the ranch is pointless, and believes she could have done more with her life, namely been an actress" this guy said I was a natural" (pg. 89). Curley's wife is also unhappy in her marriage and declares" I don't like Curley!" ( pg. 89). she craves attention and just wants anyone to talk to her.
In this chapter rabbits symbolize Lennie's realization that he is in trouble, after he kills Curley's wife. Lennie doesn't really know right from wrong,but after Curley's wife is killed he worries about not being able to tend the rabbits on the dream farm. This shows us that the rabbits are Lennie's way realizing that he's done something wrong.
Up to this point in the book Slim and George have shared a tentative friendship. When they realize what Lennie has done to Curley's wife, they both recognize the fact that Lennie won't be able to get away without consequences. Slim gently explains to George what they both know: Curley won't rest until Lennie is dead. Slim is ultimately being a good friend to George by telling him the reality of Lennie's situation.
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